Safer Internet Day 2016 – West Mercia Police urge children to be cyber smart

Officers will be championing the importance of staying safe in the virtual world this week when talking to children at schools across West Mercia and Warwickshire force area to mark Safer Internet Day, which takes place on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

In addition, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will be highlighting the dangers of sexting to teenagers through a social media campaign, which also urges them to pause before they post something online which they may later regret.

This is the ‘ SMART advice given to children in schools about sexting by West Mercia Police:

  • S: ‘Sexting’ may seem like harmless fun but it’s not.
  • M: Make sure you don’t send something to another person that you’ll later regret.
  • A: As soon as you send or post a picture you lose control of where it ends up.
  • R: Remember; once a picture is on the internet it can be copied by anybody.
  • T: Talk to a parent, carer or teacher if you are concerned.

For more on this story and useful links, visit Shropshire Council Newsroom:

For more on Safer Internet Day 2016, visit UK Safer Internet Centre Website:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

Children as young as 10 in ‘sexting’ cases, police say

Children as young as 10 have been investigated by police for ‘sexting’, according to new figures released this week.

West Mercia Police said officers had looked into 74 cases of children sending or sharing explicit or naked pictures of themselves on social media or text messaging services to others in the last year.

All the children involved were aged between 10 and 17 years old.

The figures have been released as part of a drive to emphasise the importance of staying safe online.

For more on this story from the Shropshire Star and to view a Cyber Smart short film, follow link:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

Victim Support – Job vacancy


There is an exciting opportunity to join Victim Support and play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims of crime.

Post:Victim Caseworker

Based:Shrewsbury, Shropshire (covering Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin)

Hours:21 hours per week, part time

Salary:£10,923.75 per annum (FTE £19,506.70 per annum)

This is a temporary post to end on or before 31st October 2016 with the potential to extend should funding be secured.

You will be responsible for supporting victims of crime, including serious crime such as domestic abuse, sexual assault and serious assault. You will be responsible for assessing the client’s needs and deciding on the most appropriate support to provide, as well as managing your own caseload and signposting victims to partner agencies where applicable.

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience working in a statutory, voluntary or community care setting and will ideally have a good understanding about the issues affecting voluntary based organisations. You will be required to demonstrate good communication skills with a wide range of people; have an organised and methodical approach to your work and be able to use computer systems.

This will be a busy role so the ability to prioritise your workload and work without direct supervision will be essential. There is a requirement for flexibility, with the occasional requirement to work weekends or evenings.

On successful completion of a probationary period your salary will increase to £11,261.60 per annum (FTE £20,110 per annum).

The successful candidate will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 26th February 2016. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9th March 2016.

Please email quoting the full job title and reference number to request an application pack.

Jo: Freedom Shropshire.

West Mercia Police working to help safeguard girls at risk of FGM

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

West Mercia Police are working to help safeguard girls thought to be at risk of FGM in West Mercia policing areas.

More than 100 million woman and girls alive today have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) worldwide.

More than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are thought to be at risk in the UK each year and more than 50,000 women are believed to be living with the consequences.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 is International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM and aims to raise awareness of the dangers and work towards putting a stop to it.

Practising FGM in the UK or taking girls out of the country for the procedure is illegal and carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison.

For more on FGM from West Mercia Police and support available, visit:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

FGM: number of victims found to be 70 million higher than thought

Half of girls and women cut live in just three countries as Unicef statistics reveal shocking global scale of barbaric ritual

A woman in Mombasa, Kenya, shows the razorblade she uses to cut girls’ genitals. Photograph: Ivan Lieman/Barcroft Media

A woman in Kenya shows the razorblade she uses to cut girls’ genitals

The huge global scale of female genital mutilation has been revealed in disturbing new statistics, which show at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

The latest worldwide figures, compiled by Unicef, include nearly 70 million more girls and women than estimated in 2014 because of a raft of new data collected in Indonesia, one of the countries where FGM is most prevalent despite the practice being banned since 2006.

In the analysis of 30 countries, published to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, statistics showed women in Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia account for half of all FGM victims worldwide. Somalia has the highest prevalence of women and girls who have been cut – 98% of the female population between the ages of 15 and 49.

For more on this story, visit the Guardian newspaper;

Jo; Freedom Shropshire Team.

End FGM -Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Theme 2016 "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), jointly with UNICEF leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.

"The Sustainable Development Goals contain a specific target calling for an end to FGM. When this practice is fully abandoned, positive effects will reverberate across societies as girls and women reclaim their health, human rights and vast potential." — UN Secretary-General

For more on these efforts, follow link:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

Celebrate International Women’s Day in Birmingham

You are invited to celebrate women’s success in the West Midlands.

This free event will feature a lively panel debate facilitated by Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, and newly appointed government business ambassador.

Find out what motivates highly successful women and enjoy networking with likeminded entrepreneurs and professionals. A light buffet will be served!

Enterprise Nation Regional Champion


Tuesday, 8 March 2016 from 17:30 to 20:30

To find out more or book a place:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

‘Roosh V’ cancels neo-masculinist meetings over safety

The leader of a self-described neo-masculinist movement has cancelled a series of meetings planned for cities worldwide on Saturday because he “can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend”.

Daryush Valizadeh, who goes by the name Roosh V, posted a brief statement on Thursday apologising to his “supporters” whom he said were “let down by my decision”, but said he “could not stop men meeting in private groups”.

Meetings were planned in 43 countries around the world – including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Shrewsbury, raising concern among police chiefs and MPs in the UK.

For more on this story and the protests against Roosh V and who he is, visit the Guardian and BBC Scotland:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

Shropshire supports Time to Talk Day

Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board and partners are supporting Time to Talk Day, as part of a campaign to get the nation talking about mental health and to end misconceptions and stigma around the topic.

Time to Talk Day takes place on Thursday 4 February 2016. The aim of the day is to get as many people as possible talking about the mental health, to help break the silence that often surrounds the subject.

For more on this story visit Shropshire Council Newsroom:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.

Time to Talk Day – 4th February

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 4th February 2016

To get the nation talking about mental health to help end the misconceptions around it.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships. That’s not right and it’s why we need your help to break the silence and end the stigma.

For more on this event, visit the Time to change website:

On the same site, you find a short film on Time to Talk:

Jo: Freedom Shropshire Team.


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